|7th February 2003 - Page 2|
COBWEBS IN MY
Exactly what went wrong; I could not fathom- there had been arguments before, noisy and violent as they come, but none as deadly as this. For this one had ended in silence- a silence that hung in the air, like the pall of darkness over the sea on a moonless night. For some moments, I stood rooted to the spot as though incapable of movement. With every passing second, the air in the room got heavier.
For the first time the column now carries a review of a non-fiction book. Although non-fiction may find few readers, in my opinion it is a more serious kind of reading meant for those who wish to carry away something from the book they read. The reason I chose this book for reviewing is because today there is a lot of conflict in the world especially post 9/11, which centers around Islam and the jihad done by its followers. Many of us have many misconceptions about Islam, jihad and many key terms in this issue of fundamentalism, orthodoxy etc. Since this issue shall dominate our future world it is necessary to truly understand the history of Islam, its evolution and the reason for the current crisis. M.J. Akbar, who throws light on this issue in a fair manner, does this very admirably. I, who formerly thought I had correct knowledge on jihad and jihadis, Islam and the present crisis, was forced to submit to the fact that I had many misconceptions and thus changed my views on the force of Akbar's strong and well-researched arguments. Therefore I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to look at this looming crisis of the world in a rational, unbiased manner.
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